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Written procedure: the devil is in the detail

13 May 2016 | by

In the not too distant past, we communicated a lot about the Orphacol case, involving the authorisation of an orphan medicine via an implementing decision. The affair made great waves. We told the story in a booklet called ‘The Orphacol Saga.’ One of the many bombshells in this case occurred when a Member State interrupted […]

A Return to Pragmatism? Lord Hill announced as UK Commissioner Designate

17 July 2014 | by

British Prime Minister David Cameron has just announced Jonathan Hopkin Hill, Baron Hill of Oareford (ergo Lord Hill) as the British Commissioner designate. This nomination may prove to be the most important in UK-EU relations, and indeed in the history of the College of Commissioners, given the ever-more precarious position of the UK within the […]

Priorities for the Next Commission – A More Competitive Europe

13 June 2014 | by

On Tuesday, it was my distinct pleasure to attend the launch of the World Economic Forum’s Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report: Building a More Competitive Europe. The report measures Europe’s performance against the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU’s flagship growth and jobs agenda and was launched in cooperation with the Lisbon Council. It was also my […]

#EP2014 Part 1: The Candidates

21 May 2014 | by

If the EU had a hall of fame, the first ever candidates to the presidency of the European Commission elected by the European Parliament would have probably already won their star. During their pre-electoral periplus across Europe, they have met hordes of journalists and participated in numerous national political rallys held in a Babel of […]

Registration is not (yet) mandatory but transparency is

20 February 2014 | by

A title with a bracket does not look good. It neither  raises a question, nor makes a strong statement. Though, it seems to me to serve the purpose of an article which briefly takes stock of the review of Transparency Register for lobbyists and reflects upon the implications for European Public Affairs’ practitioners. As foreseen […]